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PostPosted: 20 Jul 2003, 10:18 
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I agree with the residents on this one, this project will significantly spoil the visual beauty of the area.

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Green light on Basslink start
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common ... 62,00.html

THE controversial $780 million Basslink project is to begin within months.

This follows a breakthrough in negotiations between Basslink's main contractor, Siemens, and the state's key building unions.
For two years, Trades Hall Council's building industry group, made up of major unions in the industry, threatened to refuse to work on the project that will connect Victorian and Tasmanian power grids.

The ban followed calls from Gippsland residents to sink powerlines underground.

But yesterday, Siemens corporate affairs manager Leah Waymark said the company expected construction would begin within a couple of months. "We are quite confident the unions will build it," she said.

Negotiations between Siemens and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, the Australian Workers' Union and the Electrical Trades' Union began last week.

CFMEU state secretary Martin Kingham said his union "had no formal ban on the project as such".

"We have not ruled out building Basslink, as long as the company is keeping local residents informed," he said.

The ETU has said it will build Basslink, but AWU national secretary Bill Shorten said his union would "reserve its position".

The project involves the construction of 180 pylons from Traralgon to the Gippsland coast.

It will connect with a cable under Bass Strait to bring Tasmania into the national power network.


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I dont get the hick-gippslanders (I'm allowed to say that because I technically live in western gippsland / metro melb :D) - there's two massive lines from Hazelwood / Loy Yang which cut right through the same landscape along the Koo Wee Rup swamp - and yet you never hear any uproar how Basslink will be a repeat of the sheer ugliness of the present lines.....

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As an isolated issue in the very complex power-market debate, the aim of connecting Tasmania's grid with the rest of Australia is ok by me, despite my environmentalist/socialist/whateverist leanings. If I am correct in believing that Tasmania has excess power, it could mean less power wastage overall, right? (Although methinks the possibility of another Franklin river type conflict may result if Tas Gov decides to create more power to be sold interstate)

As for the overhead power lines, sounds like a great way to screw over country-dwellers to save Government money and make sure the profit margins for the companies involved are acceptable... :x I agree that Gippsland has enough overhead power lines.


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I cannot disagree with the economic and environmental utility that these powerlines will give to Victoria. I say go for it.

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